IOC awards Rio 2016 broadcast rights in Cuba

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that the Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión (ICRT) has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in Cuba for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio in 2016.

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IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Rio 2016 will be the first time the Olympic Games have been held in South America, and ICRT will work with us once again to bring the sporting action to fans in Cuba. This agreement also means that the IOC has now completed all its broadcast agreements for Rio 2016.”

Rafael Yaech, from ICRT, said: "The broadcast of the Olympic Games in Cuba is a celebration for our hard working people and our quality of life. We are pleased with this agreement with the International Olympic Commitee, with the assurance that we will continue to work together in favour of sports."

IOC member Dr Gerardo Werthein, a member of the IOC’s TV Rights and New Media Commission, said: “ICRT has been an excellent partner to the Olympic Movement for many years in promoting the Olympic Games and the values of the Olympic Movement in Cuba, and we look forward to continuing our work with them in Rio.”

ICRT, Cuba’s state broadcaster, has acquired the rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile phone in all languages.


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